Ninth Annual Reading Competition: Celebrating the 200th birthday of Anne Sewell

Ninth Annual Reading Competition: Celebrating the 200th birthday of Anne Sewell

Committed to promoting English literature to high school students, UACS School of Foreign Languages is organizing the Ninth Annual Reading Competition. This year’s competition will honor the English writer Anne Sewell (1820-1878) on the occasion of her 200th birthday.   

We would like to invite English teachers from the secondary schools to participate in this event with their students. The competition is open to third and fourth-year secondary-school students who can apply to read and share with their fellow students an excerpt from Anne Sewell’s only novel Black Beauty. Free on-line complete text of Sewell’s novel Black Beauty (1877), which is considered one of the best top ten selling novels for children and young adults ever written, can be found at

The event will take place on 19 March, 2020 at 12:00, at UACS premises.

Each English teacher can participate with up to two students as two separate contestants. This year we will not accept group participants/contestants. In case there are more than 25 applicants, a selection will be made to include at least one participant from as many schools and cities as possible.

Under the mentorship of their teacher, each student can read an excerpt which should not exceed three minutes (300-400 words). All interested teachers/mentors and students should register and send their applications and excerpt proposals in one word document (See the application form and the proposal form in attachment to the Call where you can also find the general rules, the scale of marks and the criteria. In case of more than one contestant, a new application form and excerpt proposal should be sent) to by the 13 March, 2020.

Special jury will award First, Second and Third Prize.

The three best participants/groups of participants will receive certificates, tuition discounts at UACS, and valuable book awards from our sponsors. Certificates of participation will be awarded both to the students and their teachers.

We look forward to seeing you at the competition.

Kind regards,

School of Foreign Languages, University American College Skopje